There's nothing more uplifting than a bright light in a dark situation, and in the case of recent hurricane devastation, that shining light comes from TJX. The parent company of TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls, TJX has confirmed that it is still paying its employees in Puerto Rico, even though the stores themselves remain closed.
Hurricane Maria hit the island on September 20, causing at least 51 deaths and damaging approximately 230,000 homes. Even now, two months later, most of Puerto Rico is still without electricity, and at least 20 percent of the island is without water.
But one Facebook user had an encouraging message to leave people on the #PuertoRicoStrong page — his son, employed by Marshalls, had just publicly thanked TJX for continuing to send paychecks his way, despite his workplace being closed.
"I was worried about my son and he told me, 'Don't worry dad, Marshalls is still paying us,'" dad Ivan Melendez wrote in the post. "And they have given employees supplies. Thank you Marshalls, for such an honorable gesture."
In a statement to NBC Boston, TJX explained their decision to continue sending checks to their employees.
“Based on the devastating situation in Puerto Rico, we can confirm that we have continued to pay our TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Associates on the island,” a spokesperson for TJX said in a statement. “We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances.”
There are 29 TJX-owned stores on the island, and though it's not clear how many of them are still closed or when the closed stores will open, it's encouraging to see that the parent company is still keeping its employees top of mind during this tough time. How inspiring!